Artissima Bellissima


Katie PatersonAlejandro Almanza PeredaJudith HopfHans-Peter Feldman

Artissima, contemporary art fair is held every year in Torino, Italy and this was my first time I came, what a surprise was it for my eyes!

In itself the Torino town is worthwhile visiting and spending at least a week.  Cherry on the cake – Artissima with its size comparable to FIAC or FRIEZE, but with no blue chip galleries such as Gagosians or Perrotins – mostly young galleries are present here from all over the world. I have chosen to talk about 4 artistes from 4 different sections.

Katie Paterson, represented by Parafin gallery London, PRESENT FUTURE section. As if this choice was inspired from my previous post – Katie gets her inspirational poetic ideas from the space. Her installation in Artissima shows 9 clocks with different time on each clock representing 9 planets from Solar system. It takes some time to understand how it works, but with a little of thinking and help from a charming gallerist, each clock goes with its own speed corresponding to time for planet to turn around itself. 1 hour on Earth = 117 hours on Venus, or in other words – time goes much quicker on Venus. By the way, in the middle of these clocks lays a meteorite which travelled for billions of years.

Alejandro Almanza Pereda, by Curro & Poncho gallery Mexico, in MAIN SELECTION.  Alejandro developed a fabulous project: water tank where he filmed and photographed still life. In a tremendous black-gray-white colors, we observe how objects behave under water. Basically they are destabilized, float, fly and sink. All actions represent our emotional spectrum: be stable or balanced, take risks or be fragile. What seems visually to be the point of attachment in reality is the spot where human could lose equilibrium.

Then comes on my list Judith Hopf, by Deborah Schamoni gallery Munich, NEW ENTRY to the fair. I got attracted by Judith’s bar stool and pool which does not really gives desire to sit on it. My imagination is immediately called up. Her objects on the stand appear to be simply sinking or melting into some resin material. Or probably on the contrary the chair is building up and transforming from one material to a new one. And this is all our world – constantly changing material.

Finally, Hans-Peter Feldmann, from Fondazione Sandrieto Re Rebaudengo, 180 stamps with paintings. The art work is presented in INCLINAZIONI section, where works are Not for Sale, come from Torino’s area institutions and where they supposed to be intuitively related one to another. In this particular case, I found here something related to myself and my origins,  1 stamp out of 180, which was issued by Russian Post in 1982, with a painting from Hermitage museum by Italian pre-renaissance painter Perugino – what a beautiful inclination.



4 sections

PRESENT FUTURE – the most significant expériences in last 15 years of contemporary art

MAIN SELECTION and NEW ENTRIES – talk for itself

INCLINAZIONI – concept of inclination through the same subject of art

Torino, Italia

from November 6th until November 9th 2015


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